EXCLUSIVE! ‘Into Darkness’ Deleted Scenes, Part II

Today we can present the rest of the Star Trek Into Darkness deleted scenes, available exclusively through the film's Xbox SmartGlass second-screen app.

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Thomas Calls Marcus (0:47)

During the roundtable meeting at Starfleet Headquarters, Admiral Marcus reveals to the Command staff that Thomas Harewood sent him a message from the Section 31 archives before he detonated his explosive device. In the final version of the film, we only see Harewood sending a text-based transmission; this cut scene includes a planned video chat removed from the sequence.

Original dialogue in white; cut dialogue in orange.

Harewood sits down at his station in the Kelvin Archive under London, and begins tapping commands into his console.

Inside Starfleet Command, we pan down from high above Admiral Marcus' desk, where an Original Series-style Constitution-class model hangs above the room, along with his row of model ships against the far wall. His commpanel beeps, signaling an incoming transmission.

MARCUS' ASSISTANT (ON COMM)
Admiral Marcus, priority-one transmission incoming from London.

MARCUS
Put it through.

HAREWOOD (ON SCREEN)
Admiral, sir, I have a message for you from John Erickson.

Marcus peers closer at the screen.

HAREWOOD
He said you'd know why he did this.

Fast zoom to a stunned Marcus as we cut to a close-up of Harewood's Starfleet Academy ring, an explosive device the officer drops into a glass of water.

Into Darkness editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey talk about the deletion of this scene in the iTunes commentary track:

Markey: "This used to be, in it's original form, a phone call to our Admiral, giving him a message from the baddie, from Benedict's character. We felt that it was very important not to introduce the Admiral in any way or tip our hand about who he would become later on in the film. We realized to hold him back for a long time would be more shocking."

Brandon: "Also we were just afraid that it would arouse suspicion."

Markey: "Yeah, and so, you want hold back the guy who's supposed to be the head of Starfleet and present him in a more majestic, officious way."

There are two major things of note in this scene -- firstly, the name 'John Erickson' for Benedict Cumberbatch's character. This is a reference to the early Space Seed script featuring a villain named 'Harold Erickson,' who would later be changed to Khan Singh after Ricardo Montalban was cast in the part. It's likely that this name was changed to 'John Harrison' when the efforts to hide Cumberbatch's true identity were ramped up during the production of the film.

Obviously, the second surprise in this sequence is the giant Constitution-class model hanging above Marcus' desk, the USS Biddeford (NCC-0718). The design of the ship itself raises several questions: was this the original design in this universe, changed after the Kelvin attack in the first film? Was Marcus involved with the design? Why is it named after Biddeford, Maine?

The registry number is also of interest. The number 0718 appears here, on another ship docked at Earth, and in the name of the Enterprise's cybernetically-enhanced science officer.

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Captain's Log (0:45)

When Kirk and Spock are called to Admiral Marcus' office after the film's opening sequence, we learn that while Spock submitted a truthful recounting of the mission to Nibiru, Kirk lied and put through a falsified report. This cut sequence details just how brazenly dishonest his mission log actually was.

ORIGINAL, DELETED VERSION:

KIRK
Congratulations, Spock -- you just saved the world.

Two engineering techs spray the science officer down with a cooling spray. The scene cuts to the bridge sometime later; Kirk is back in uniform.

KIRK (IN CAPTAIN'S CHAIR)
Captain's Log, Stardate 2259.55.

A crowd of Nibirans watches the Enterprise fly through the volcano smoke, their eyes wide with awe.

KIRK (V.O.)
We've completed our survey of the newly-discovered Class M planet designated Nibiru. Intelligent life was observed. The species is primitive; indications of early language and even religion were noted.

A few of the natives reach toward the ship above.

KIRK (ON BRIDGE)
I thought it wise to stay off the planet altogether, lest we somehow interfere with their way of life.

The Enterprise rockets away from the volcano.

KIRK (V.O.)
If there's one word I would use to describe this mission, it would be "uneventful."

The Nibirians speak to each other in their native language. Their world has changed.

KIRK (ON BRIDGE)
Kirk out.

His officers -- Sulu, Chekov, Uhura, Scotty, and McCoy -- stare at him in stunned and incredulous silence. Uhura turns and walks away, disapproving.

KIRK
They saw us! Big deal!

FINAL VERSION:

Spock materializes on the transporter pad, steaming with heat from the volcano's interior. As he realizes that he's not dead, Kirk and McCoy run into the transporter room to greet him.

KIRK
Spock! You all right?

SPOCK
Captain, you let them see our ship!

MCCOY
Ah, he's fine.

UHURA (ON COMM)
Bridge to Captain Kirk.

KIRK
Yes, Lieutenant?

UHURA (ON BRIDGE)
Is Commander Spock on board, sir?

KIRK (ON COMM)
Safely and soundly.

UHURA
Please notify him that his device has successfully detonated.

KIRK (IN TRANSPORTER ROOM)
Hear that? Congratulations, Spock -- you just saved the world.

SPOCK
You violated the Prime Directive!

KIRK
Oh, come on, Spock. They saw us. Big deal!

On Nibiru, the natives are excitedly crowding around their tribal elder, who is drawing a familiar shape in the red soil. Their sacred scroll is tossed aside as the outline of the Enterprise is revealed: this world has a new God.

Leaving the false report as a surprise works to build tension between Kirk and Spock when Marcus throws it in his face later on, but to show the captain lying to blatantly in front of his bridge crew? It makes the other officers look just as bad for not calling him on his actions.

It was a very good call to remove this sequence.

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Kirk Watches Pike Get Shot (0:49)

In the final cut of the film, Spock is the only witness to Pike's injury and death as Kirk tries to shoot down John Harrison's ship from another room -- but that's not how the original sequence transpired.

Weapons fire blankets the conference room as everyone dives for cover. Kirk is helping a wounded officer when he locks eyes with Pike from across the room; the Admiral is crawling to safety.

KIRK
(Screaming) PIKE!

Pike sees him for a mere moment before being hit with an energy burst. Kirk, in shock, dodges the blasts and runs to his side.

KIRK
You're gonna be fine. You're gonna be fine, all right? We're gonna get you help.

Kirk applies pressure to a massive wound on Pike's chest. Other officers return fire, and Harrison's ship retreats into the night as Admiral Marcus runs into the room.

MARCUS
Get those people outta here!

SPOCK
Captain!

Spock appears at Kirk's side as Harrison's ship flies back to finish the job.

OFFICER (OFF-SCREEN)
He's coming back! He's coming back!

KIRK
Gotta get him outta here.

Spock takes over caring for Pike as Kirk runs to pick up his rifle, intent on stopping Harrison's attack.

The recutting of this sequence is addressed by editor Maryann Brandon in both the Best Buy-exclusive extra 'Unlocking the Cut.'

Brandon"In the original script, when Pike dies, Kirk is actually in the room and sees him die. While it was in the film before, it didn't land. We kept thinking, 'Why isn't this working?'

We decided to re-cut it so that Kirk actually takes off out of the room and goes to try to knock out the enemy ship, and then finds out Pike is dead. That was a great solve; you're totally with Kirk in his emotional loss of this father figure."

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Scotty Talks to Hangar Control (0:47)

One of the big issues people had with the role of Section 31 in Into Darkness was with how easily Scotty was able to infiltrate the top-secret Vengeance hangar orbiting Jupiter.

Turns out it really wasn't so difficult to begin with.

Scotty flies above the Io station, his shuttle a tiny speck against the massive construct. He hangs over the edge of the station, watching as a large set of hangar doors open to allow an incoming flotilla of support vessels to enter.

STATION COMM
Delta Team, deliver your thrusters to Loading Dock 12.

SHUTTLE COMM
USS Vengeance bridge crew, requesting entry to construction hangar.

Scotty breaks radio silence, and begins to bluff his way into the caravan.

SCOTTY
This is... shuttle Copernicus. I have the...

He thinks hard, clearly not used to this kind of improvisation.

SCOTTY
...hull plating and the coffee cells for the food synthesizers.

His face bunches up in anticipation for getting caught.

STATION COMM
Shuttle Copernicus, we do not have you on our registry.

He regroups, and tries a more direct attack.

SCOTTY
What the hell do you think I'm doin' here? Huh? You think I just happened upon an enormous box and thought I'd take a wee look? No! I've got a job to do! I can go back, if you like. Just give me your name, I'll tell 'em who sent me.

A long pause. He's sure the game is up.

STATION COMM
Supply shuttles, you're clear to enter. You too, Copernicus.

The Copernicus joins the rest of the shuttles on their journey into the large hangar bay. Scotty looks up at the massive starship contained inside the structure, his jaw dropping in surprise.

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The Harewoods (0:21)

Removed from the end of the film, Jim Kirk meets another citizen saved by Khan's blood.

After the memorial ceremony at Starfleet Headquarters, officials of all species are milling about the campus. As Kirk approaches his officers, he hears a woman calling to him from the crowd.

It's Rima Harewood, wife and widow of the officer Khan coerced into destroying the Kelvin Archive in London.

RIMA HAREWOOD
Captain Kirk?

Kirk turns and sees her, then spies young Lucille at her side.

RIMA HAREWOOD
Thank you for your words.

KIRK
Of course.

Kirk looks down at the girl; she's the picture of health.
He reaches out to shake her hand.

KIRK
Hi.

LUCILLE HAREWOOD
Hi.

The two look at each other for a moment, smiles on their faces.
Do they sense the shared connection?

After a beat, Kirk releases her hand.

KIRK
Excuse me.

The captain turns and heads to his waiting crewmates.

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As far as we know, this is the last of the retailer-exclusive content for Star Trek Into Darkness, and even though it's taken almost six months for us to find it, we're glad the deleted scenes question can finally be put to bed with these nine entries.

Here's hoping they become available in a more widely-available format for fans at some point in the future.

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  • pittrek

    I absolutely agree with deleting the last scene, Kirk (or the guy playing him – sorry can’t remember his name) looks like a pedophile who just found his next victim. Seriously, it’s disturbing. The other scenes however are pretty good

    • Chris915

      How do you conclude that?

      • pittrek

        All the scenes are on youtube, so judge for yourself :-)

        • Chris915

          ah

  • phyfell

    I think this whole movie should have been left on the cutting room floor…

    • Platitude

      Nope.

    • Simon

      I think Gene Roddenberry hadn’t even been born when this comment was first made.

      All the hate and bitterness must make it hard to find something original to say.

      • phyfell

        Abrams and company have turned my favorite science fiction franchise into mindless action schlock on the same level as the Star Wars prequels; you’re damned right I’m bitter.

  • Platitude

    The Scotty sequence and the Captain’s Log would have been fun additions, but not too big of a deal to have them missing.

  • jstimson

    I would much rather have had the JJ Enterprise look more like this version of the Constitution class than the “hot rod” we actually got.

  • Jarimcpa

    You know what would have been awesome? If all this stuff had been on the blu ray I paid $30 for.

    • Tom

      This stuff is all on YouTube (hint hint).

      • Jarimcpa

        The point. You missed it (hint hint).

        • Steve Wiskowski

          What are you talking about?! None of these scenes have ever been on YouTube. I have checked daily for the last year.

          • En’Prise

            check ecrater.co.uk for deleted scenes :)

          • Fenix

            I already found them all on youtube

  • scotchyscotchscotch

    Wasn’t the Kelvin’s registry number JJ’s uncle or grandfather or something? Just because it’s significant to him doesn’t mean it has any meaning in canon haha

  • Peter Loader

    One wonders why the Vengeance, a secret ship, appears at the end of the line of models behind Admiral Marcus’s desk?

    • Tommy

      I’m trying to find the source, but Bob Orci had mentioned on TrekMovie.com (or one of those sites) that it wasn’t supposed to be in there and that they weren’t present to tell them not to include it. The QMX folks had produced all of those models and someone left it on the table. They just went on as normal filming it.

      • Peter Loader

        OK, Thanks for clearing that up.

      • GS

        Nice to know JJ has such attention to detail. He must have been blinded by lens-flare.

      • Mike C.

        Then why not digitally remove it?

  • Colin

    WhatCulture had a list of reasons why this newest film isn’t Star Trek.

    http://whatculture.com/film/10-ways-star-trek-just-isnt-star-trek-anymore.php

    For me, a film should not be developed based upon the recommendations of focus groups. (I don’t care what Bob Orci says, when a corporate bigwig admits they focus grouped the heck out of Star Trek for foreign audiences.)

    Under the new regime, Star Trek is balls up.

    • Tommy

      And nothing in that article says why it isn’t “Star Trek.” I could easily make a list like that for ALL of the other Star Trek installments and proclaim “It isn’t Star Trek.” And thus.. their article made not one iota of a difference to anything, because no one cares or listens to fanboy extremists.

      • James

        Good point Colin.

        The Wrath of Khan – isn’t Star Trek ’cause Kirk casually kills an alien life form by vapourising it.
        First Contact – isn’t Star Trek because Picard is totally out of character. Don’t remember him getting his rage on in the show.

        As for focus groups to appeal to foreign audiences – well that seems to have worked out quite well then as the film made over $238 million overseas!

  • James

    Just to be a counterpoint to all the negativity, thanks TrekCore for bringing us these deleted scenes. I think that they’re very interesting and ultimately, I think that the film-makers made the right choice in excising them. The following is an attempt to bring some balance to the force (sorry – wrong franchise :))

    JJ Abrams has made Star Trek viable again and for that, I cannot thank him enough. That he hasn’t resorted to a complete reeboot – that the prime timeline is still there, I thank him again. All the whining from some hardcore Trek fans reminds me of the hate directed at TNG during the early 90′s. Abrams, Orci and co. have made Trek relevant again, exciting again and thank god, they’ve preserved the character of the original series.

    For those writing such nonsense as ‘the entire film should have been left on the cutting room floor’, what planet are you on? This is the most critically acclaimed summer blockbuster of 2013, with overwhelmingly positive reviews, 87% of critics liked it and 90% of the audience liked it. It had a respectable box office performance, making it the most-watched Trek film ever! Furthermore, Paramount absolutely did NOT botch this release – it’s about the bottom line and the fact is that Star Trek Into Darkness was #3 in 2013 for
    Rentals and Digital Purchases and according to iTunes, it was the #4 best selling film of 2013.

    All the outbursts of entitled online outrage from fans over these extras, with people taking to forums to absolutely demand that they must get them as a matter of moral principle, completely ignores the business logistics that have led Paramount to release the movie in the way that they did.

    • phyfell

      It’s diatribes such as these that separate casual fans such as yourself from “true” Star Trek fans, such as myself; that is, those of us who recognize Star Trek for what Gene Roddenberry intended it to be, rather than a mere cash cow for Paramount. It is a treatise on the future potential of Humanity; not simply a fairy tale in space, like Star Wars. Screaming blondes, lens flares, explosions and bar fights are not what made Star Trek excellent science fiction; but then, if you were a “true” fan, I wouldn’t have to explain that to you. As for those reviews and percentages that you quoted; I doubt it would have had such acclaim if the writers had actually come up with an original story, instead of ripping off Wrath of Khan. I say this, because the Kurtzman/Orci team don’t have an original bone in their collective bodies. Every single thing they produce is a contrivance; look no further than the Transformers films for evidence of that.

      • KH

        “True fans”… the battle cry of those who have nothing of consequence to say, but want to make themselves feel superior to those with whom they disagree.

        • phyfell

          I take it you liked the lens flares, then; not surprising.

          • KH

            Actually, I liked the MOVIES, lens flares or not. Thank you for proving my point, though.

          • phyfell

            Hey, you can be a true fan if you want to; just agree that these movies pale in comparison to the works that came before, and that Star Trek belongs on the small screen, and you’re in like Flint!

          • KH

            I do not agree with that assessment. While there is plenty of outstanding “Star Trek” that came before (most of TOS, season 3 onward of TNG, DS9, most of the TOS movies), there is also plenty of “Star Trek” that came out prior to the Abrams’ films which I consider to be anywhere from mediocre to godawful (seasons 1-2 of TNG, Voyager, Enterprise, the TNG movies). As far as I’m concerned, Abrams’ films are the best “Trek” movies since 1991, and the best “Trek” in general since “Deep Space Nine” ended.

      • Tommy

        ” those of us who recognize Star Trek for what Gene Roddenberry intended it to be, rather than a mere cash cow for Paramount. ” Right, he intended it to be a cash cow for himself. It was meant to be a money making operation and a vehicle for him to sleep with female cast members and rip off the male ones. Simple as that. He wasn’t this fairy god that fans at conventions make him out to be.

        “Screaming blondes, lens flares, explosions and bar fights are not what made Star Trek excellent science fiction;” Bu yet, we still saw it in all of Star Trek (don’t cherry pick your points.)

        “I say this, because the Kurtzman/Orci team don’t have an original bone in their collective bodies.” You should know.

      • James

        Fringe?

        • phyfell

          A rip-off of The X-Files and their own series, Lost; give me another one. :)

          • James

            Indeed. But you could argue that about most shows. For example, The X-Files is a rip-off of Kolchak The Night Stalker, Lost is a rip-off of The Prisoner and Star Trek: The Original Series is a rip-off of Forbidden Planet.

            I enjoy a fair bit of Kurtzman and Orci’s output, especially films such as ‘The Island’, ‘Watchmen’, ‘The Proposal’ and even ‘Enders Game’.

            As to not being a ‘true fan’ that fails to recognise Roddenberry’s treatsie on humanity, that’s maybe a fair point. For my money, the best Star Trek is not the Marxist take as embodied by The Motion Picture and the first couple of seasons of The Next Generation. The Original Series is heavily influenced by Gene Coon and others and I’d argue that TNG’s creative peak did not arrive until Season 3, by which time the great man’s influence was on the wane.

            Obviously, I respect The Great Bird for all he’s done and I agree with lots of his atheist and humanist views.

            I’d say that I’m a ‘trekkie’, one who can enjoy the sublime (Yesterdays Enterprise) as well as take great delight in the ridiculous (The Gamesters of Triskellion). As opposed to a ‘trekker’, who might be dismissive of the more ridiculous episodes.

          • LibertyDwells

            X-piles and Lost wish they had the consistency and quality of Fringe. Probably the single best thing Abrams has been responsible for.

      • Tuskin38

        Please oh great grand master of wisdom, tell us your definition of a “True” Star Trek fan.

      • Alex G

        Oh, a true fan, huh? It’s people like you that give all fans a bad name.

      • matt

        Then explain how TNG only started getting good once Roddenberry stepped back.

    • Platitude

      You are completely spot on!

  • Brinn Clayton

    I’d just like to see more photos of the TOS looking starship.

  • celticarchie

    JJ Abrams sucks!

  • Dr. Cheis

    Assuming the USS Biddeford model becomes canon the same way the Klingon helmets/heads did from the Star Trek deleted scene, I suspect we’ll find out in the next movie that Section 31 knows more about the Prime timeline than we have been led to believe. Perhaps these two timelines are not so separate after all? That would certainly take the wind out of my chief complaint about the Abrams movies, which is that as fun as they are, they have little bearing on the Trek universe as a whole and begs the question of why we should even care what Alternate Kirk does.

  • TELCAB

    Does anyone know if there are any deleted scenes relating to some of the lines spoken by Harrison in the trailers such as “You think your world is safe? It is an illusion” and “I have returned….to have my vengeance!”? Or were those lines just recorded for the trailers/promotional materials. It’s a real shame as they would’ve been fantastic as scenes within the film.

  • LibertyDwells

    There’s something close to the Enterprise we should have had.

  • J.J. Jonathan

    Oh my god, look what I’ve just found looking for star trek extras… http://tigana.ecrater.com/p/19706653

    • Jerry7357ncc

      Holly crap! Thats a helluva STID set… deleted scenes, tv specials… AWESOME FIND!!!!

  • http://www.ety3.com/ Lords of Kobol Book

    These were, thankfully, on the Compendium release (for the most part).